The Jewish heritage - 8-day photo tour

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The plan proposed by me is a result of dozens of sightseeing and photographic trips taken in the past. Many foreign tourists come to Poland for various purposes and their time is often very limited. Still, they want to learn the history of Polish Jews who are often their ancestors. In this situation, it is possible to arrange shorter trips tailored to your interests, expectations, or arrival venue.

To do this, please refer to the Tailor-Made Workshops tab, which can be found on the main page. There you will find the information that you need to provide to me, so that I can make a suggestion and calculate the costs of individual workshops.

Depending on the preferences of the participants, the workshop plan may be enriched with themes of other cultures, as well as photographing the surrounding nature. However, this is an addition to the main topic.

In selected places we will also use the help of local guides, historians or guardians of monuments, who will give us more detailed information.

The workshop program also includes a visit to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp, where we will be assisted by licensed guides.

Price: 2100 Euro/person

Minimum number of participants: 1

Including: accommodation, 3 meals/day, transport, local guides

For a group of >3 people the price can be negotiated.

Attention!

Those who arrive in Cracow or live in the city and wish to take part in the workshops should first contact me. If there are more people who reside in this city, the workshop plan will be slightly modified, and participants from Warsaw will at the expense of the organizer transfer to Cracow, or possibly another venue in Central Poland.

Even if the order of visited places changes, we will still visit all the key sites listed in the schedule. Unfortunately, due to time restraints, we will not have the opportunity to visit the locations in western Poland. Such a trip would take much longer, and the most important well preserved places connected with the history of Polish Jews are located along the route of the workshops.

For a group of > 3 persons, airport pick up can be arranged individually at the expense of the organizer depending on the workshop venue (Warsaw or Cracow). Program may be subject to changes due to weather conditions, place of arrival of tourists and their additional plans outside the planned route

Program:

Day 1 – Saturday

This day is intended for the arrival of participants to Warsaw (details in the Additional Information tab). Arrival of participants - until 6 pm. We encourage participants to arrive early and visit the Old Town, Museum of Polish Jews or Museum of the Warsaw Uprising.

- 6:30 pm - 7:30 pm – dinner

- 7:30 pm – 9 pm - introduction to the subject of the workshops and plan for the following few days.

Day 2 – Sunday

Sightseeing and photographing one of the biggest Jewish cemeteries in Poland located at Okopowa str. in Warsaw, visiting synagogues, preserved pre-war buildings and urban developments in the town where time has stopped (Tykocin)

- 7 am - 8:30 am – breakfast

- 9 am – 12 midday – start of the workshops at the Jewish cemetery at Okopowa Str. in Warsaw

- 12 midday – 2 pm - transfer in the direction of Białystok

- 2 pm – 3 pm – lunch

- 3 pm – 5 pm - tour of Tykocin synagogue and Jewish cemetery

- 5 pm - return to Warsaw

- 7 pm - dinner and overnight on the outskirts of Warsaw, optionally it is possible to spend the evening downtown.

Day 3 – Monday

We will focus on exploring and photographing cemeteries of particular historic value located in Central Poland. Sightseeing and photographing one of the biggest Jewish cemeteries in Poland at Wesoła str. in Lodz, visiting other objects located along the route to Cracow. We will visit a unique Jewish cemetery with cast-iron tombstones in Krzepice.

- 7 am - 8:30 am – breakfast

- 8:30 am – 1 pm – transfer to Lodz and shooting at the Jewish cemetery at Wesoła str. in Lodz

- 1 pm – 2 pm – lunch,

- 3 pm – 4 pm - visit to the Jewish cemetery in Piotrków Trybunalski

- 5 pm – 7 pm - visit to the Jewish cemetery in Krzepice

- 7 pm - dinner and transfer to Częstochowa for the night

Day 4 – Tuesday

We begin the day with visiting cemeteries in Czestochowa and Żarki, and finish in Cracow.

- 7 am – 9 am – breakfast

- 9 am – 10 am – tour of the cemetery in Czestochowa

- 10 am – 1 pm - transfer to the Jewish cemetery in Żarki; if time allows – a visit to one of the cemeteries in Zawiercie

- 1 pm – 2 pm – lunch

- 2 pm – 4 pm - transfer to Cracow, a visit to a selected location in Silesia (Będzin, Katowice, possibly Bytom, Sosnowiec). Site selection is dependent on its availability and possibility to access to it on a given day

- 4 pm – 5 pm - transfer to Cracow

- 6 pm – 7 pm - dinner and transfer to the accommodation quarters for the night

- 7 pm - evening and night walk in Kazimierz

Day 5 – Wednesday

Day entirely dedicated to visiting the Auschwitz – Birkenau concentration camp and selected locations in Cracow. We will visit the Old and New Jewish Cemetery, 2 synagogues, and then proceed southward, towards the mountains.

- 7:30 am - 8:30 am – breakfast

- 8:30 am – 11 am - tour of one of the two synagogues, a visit to the Schindler's Factory

- 11 am – 5 pm - trip to the Auschwitz-Birkenau concentration camp

- 5 pm – 6 pm - dinner and return to Cracow

- 6 pm - an evening walk through Podgórze (a district in Cracow), tour of the remaining synagogue, former ritual bath, a walk through Szeroka str. to Plac Bohaterow Getta (Ghetto Heroes Square), visit to the former Plaszow concentration camp

- 8 pm - dinner

Day 6 – Thursday

We will visit the Old and New Jewish Cemetery, 2 synagogues, Bochnia and Tarnów, and then proceed southward, towards the mountains.

- 7 am – 9 am – breakfast

- 9 am – 12 midday - tour and shooting at the Old and New Cemetery in Cracow, 12 midday – - 1 pm – lunch

- 2 pm – 4 pm - transfer to the Jewish cemetery in Bochnia, sight-seeing of the cemetery and historic developments in Tarnów - an important place in the history of Polish Jews

- 4 pm – 7 pm - transfer to Bobowa, sunset over the Jewish cemetery

- 7 pm - transfer to the accommodation quarters for the night

Day 7 – Friday

The most interesting Jewish cemeteries and remains of places of worship in the Polish Carpathians.

- 7 am – 9 am – breakfast

- 9 am – 12 midday – photographing Jewish cemeteries in Nowy Żmigród and Dukla

- 12 midday – 1 pm – lunch

- 2 pm – 4 pm - tour of the synagogue in Rymanów and Lesko, shooting at the Jewish cemetery in Lesko - the largest and best preserved Jewish cemetery in the Polish Carpathians

- 6 pm – tour of the Jewish cemetery in Lutowiska

- 6 pm – 7 pm – dinner

- 7 pm – transfer to the accommodation quarters for the night

Day 8 – Saturday

Return in the direction of Warsaw, visiting towns where traces of Polish Jews are still tangible.

- 7 am – 8 am – breakfast

- 8 am – 1 pm - transfer along the eastern border, a visit to the synagogue in Wielkie Oczy, Lubaczów, visiting a synagogue in Łańcut

- 1 pm – 2 pm – lunch

- 2 pm – 7 pm - transfer to Warsaw, visiting Kazimierz Dolny

- 7 pm - dinner and end of the workshop

You will get to know such photo techniques as:

- Integration of plant motifs in the shot

- Creative presentation of popular tourist sites

- Search for locations with high photographic value

- Selection of the best equipment for photography of landscapes, architecture and interesting sites (cameras, lenses, tripods, heads)

- Smartphone photography - composition and creation of proper shots

- The use of accessories (polarizing filters, graduated gray filter, graduated neutral gray filter) in practice

- HDR technique

- Depth of field and its use in different situations outdoors and indoors

- Practical use of different techniques in the photography of sacral objects, architecture and landscape

– bracketing and HDR technique, stacking, long exposure

- Panoramic photography – HDR horizontal and vertical panoramas of landscape and interiors of churches and cathedrals

- Black and white photography - from zooming/cropping to processing

- Composition and perspective in landscape and architectural photography.

Worth to know:

The majority of sites can be accessed by car; at most, we will have to walk several minutes. The organizer provides accommodation and meals.

Food catering will be provided every day as set out in the Program. Participants are required to bring their own camera and lens / lenses.

The workshop program can be slightly different than planned primarily due to varying weather conditions. Most of the remaining issues can be found in the Frequently Asked Questions section and workshop rules.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me.

Equipment

We will make use of any focal length, ranging from fisheye and wide-angle (14-18 mm for full-frame cameras) to focal lengths of 200 mm. The necessary minimum is a varifocal 18-55 mm lens. We may not be able to use it for all the shots, but certainly for the majority. Other necessary accessories include a tripod and a release cable. Registration must be completed via the contact form. After sending application data you will receive an e-mail containing bank account details. Filling and sending the form is tantamount to accepting the workshop rules and registering for the workshops.

 

Cracow

Price: 2100 Euro (details in description)
Date of workshop: 2018-07-06
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